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Single Stage (what to buy)

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by spectra, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I decided to purchase a single stage press for loading .308 for accuracy. Question is what should I get? I have looked at Lee, RCBS and Hornady and like them all. Someday I will get a blue machine to spit out the rounds .40 and .223 but right now want to learn on a single stage. Who knows I might even like it and stick with the single stage if it is therapeutic :laugh: Also is it better to buy a complete kit or piece one together as you will not use the cheaper stuff that comes in a kit?

    Thanks:thumbup:
     
  2. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    RCBS Rockchucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit is a great start. $50.00 rebate right now too.
     
  3. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Yes, but screwing in (and adjusting) dies is so 20th century...lol
    Get a Hornady and change over so easily.
     
  4. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I have read that you can get the quick change plates or whatever they are called from Hornady and put them to use on a RCBS so no screwing in every time.
     
  5. XSubSailor

    XSubSailor SW WA Active Member

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    Yes, get the conversion kit. I installed it on my RCBS RC2 and it works great. I also have two LnL AP progressives.

    Hornady Lock-N-Load Press Die Conversion Bushing Kit
     
  6. JO JO

    JO JO Vancouver WA Active Member

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    I have a redding single stage press, and I did add the hornady quick change kit to it works great a real nice stout press and I believe its still made
    in the USA, RCBS is now made in China even says so on the rcbs box
     
  7. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If I was in your shoes (like I was a million years ago!) I'd buy a turret press. Not much more that a true single stage, and is faster to reload with. I have an old Lyman Spar-T and still use it when loading my rifle hunting loads. My other press is a Dillon 550 and it's awesome for cranking out many rounds per hour, but I prefer to weigh every charge for my rifle rounds, so I use the Lyman press.
     
  8. misterarman

    misterarman Vancouver,Wa. USA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Cabelas has this set on sale for $249
     
  9. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely!!!! One of the best things to happen to single stage presses ever. I prefer the LNL bushings to the Lee Breech Lock as they're far easier to insert and lock.

    Having the ability to switch a die with literally a "flick of the wrist" gives all the benefit of a Turrret Press without sacrificing the rigidity of an "O" press where the die is held on two sides.

    This kit is amazingly inexensive. Just make sure that the press you buy has the removable bushing that allows for the 1-1/4" adapter to be installed.
     
  10. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    I would recomment the lee turretpress as well...
     
  11. Miravox

    Miravox Seal Rock, Oregon, United States Member

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    If you want the best of them all -- and the added ability to swage bullets -- consider: http://www.corbins.com/csp-1.htm

    I've pulled the handle on mine about a third of a million times. It still looks and feels factory new.


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  12. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    Also brownells has the lnl classic kit for 250$ plus free bullets
     
  13. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at the Forester Co-Ax press. Quick die change ability and a unique universal shell holder system.
     
  14. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Very happy with Hornaday.
    I have a lyman turret as well and works nicely. (mostly use it for .357, .38 stuff)
    Have a RCBS as well, and yes they are every bit as good as any one claims.

    I use the horaday stuff the most.
     
  15. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    another vote for hornady i have both the single stage and the progressive and am very happy with both, i did have some problems with the progressive off the bat but hornady cleared that up very quikly and without hassle.
    i just recently got the single stage for my birthday and have only reloaded a handfull of rounds but it all went smoothly.
    i also use only hornady dies besides my lee factory crimp dies, universal deprimer, rcbs collet style bullet puller and soon to be an rcbs swager (one of the main reasons i wanted the single stage besides precision rifle stuff)

    the only thing i wish is that they machined them so you dont have to readjust the dies switching from one press to another.
     
  16. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If that had been available when I started reloading, a Rock Chucker would likely be on my bench now. It sure sounds like a great thing.
     
  18. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I started reloading on a Rock Chucker in 1977. I would recommend saving your money and buying the Dillon 550B. You will soon out grow the single stage. You can
    use the 550B like a single stage to start with. Many threads and differing opinions here. But I have reloaded rifle and pistol on my Dillon for 25 years. I like the ease of caliber
    converson. I reload 223, 308, 30/06 for competition shooting. Also 8mm, 30 carbine, 9mm, 38/357. 44 mag, and 45 acp. The Dillon can reload just as accurate
    as a single stage press. You can weigh each powder charge or use the powder thrower as you want just like a single stage but in a lot less time.
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Just don't buy the RCBS dies. Yeah I know you've been using them for years,blah,blah,blah. They made them better back then
    I bought the RCBS dies and quickly replaced them with the Redding dies.
    I bought the Rockchucker press and it is perfect to learn on. Not too many moving parts and you will use it for your precision rounds forever.

    Heck I have 3 presses already. Only proficient on the 'chucker so far,but I have the 550 and the L'n'L too. Not impressed with the Hornady L'n'L yet.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
  20. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    a good stout cast iron press makes rifle cases a breeze to size compared to a cheap press like the Lee Challenger.Me and my buddy had 1 of each side by side a few years ago,and the difference is amazin. His was an american made rock crusher,I have no diea how the offshore-made RC's are in comparison.If Hornady is american made,that is what i'd get,just my preferance.
    I"ve not used the breech-lock thingamajiigs,gotten by for 25 years without them,don't see the need to spend extra on them..If u dont have time to change 2 or 3 dies,u don't have time to reload on a single stage.:)

    build ur bench to the correct hight..I alwasy stand so built the bench tall enuff to be comfortable.

    if I were buyinng dies all over again,for rifle,Redding would get the nod.

    my .02 worth.